Devon Clubs' Battle 2014

This year the Battle was hosted by Ivybridge and held at Rattery Village Hall, which was an excellent venue with plenty of space and car parking. We set up our Print Panel called Night Visitor in the morning and there were 8 other print panels on display from various clubs around the area. I have taken a quick shot of each panel to give you some idea of the different type of entries there were, unfortunately the lighting wasn't that brilliant and there were loads of highlights on the images, so apologies for the poor quality.

The judge was John Tilsley who I thought did a very good job, he was well aware of a good panel and felt that as it was a panel competition (prints only) this aspect should be considered. He felt the panel should have a theme, hang together well and have a good presentation.

Tophies were given to the Best Panel, Best Digital Set, Best Overall Print Winner and Best Overall Digital Image. Certificates were given to 2nd and 3rd places in the same sections. We unfortunately were not placed in the Print Panels but we did better with our digital images. More clubs entered the digital section so we were up against quite a number, 15 I think. We came 7th.

The Print Panel Winner was Zen with their panel called On The Beach and the Winner of the Digital set were Exeter Camera Club but only by half a point, Zen were second. John Perriam got second place for his print "Apparition" in our Print Panel and I got the overall best Digital Image called Three in a Row, see images below. Pam Sherren got the Best Overall Print from the Zen Panel.

We entered Night Visitor (which this time we called Visitation) into the WCPF Kingswood Salver 15 November 2014. There were 23 panels entered from over the region, the good news being that the judge Colin Harrison FRPS, FIPF,FBPE, MFIAP, MPAGB, EFIAP/G and PPSA awarded our panel Third Place and John Perriam was awarded yet again an award, he had Highly Commended for his Apparition print.

We, Exmouth Photo Group have taken on the task of hosting next year's Battle which is to be held on 16 May 2015 to be held at Clyst St Mary Village Hall so no excuses for not attending and help will definitely be required on the day.

Night Visitor Panel



Evensong Appearance by Jenny Baker

Visiting Spirit by Mo Martin

Apparition by John Perriam - 2nd Place Print

Ethereal by Derrick Holliday

Spirit of the Night by Sheila Haycox

Our Digital Entry

Whilst all around is madness by Derrick Holliday

Dales Daybreak by Steve Currie

Lloyds of London by John Wickett

Abandoned Call Box by John Perriam

Three in a Row by Sheila Haycox - Overall Best Digital Image

Sheila Haycox receiving certificate & trophy from John Tilsley

John Perriam receiving his certificate from John Tilsley


1st Place - Zen - On The Beach

Newton Abbot - Monochrome Man

Bubble Landscapes

A Bevy of Birds - Tavistock

2nd place - Wheels of Life - Bideford

Urban Lights

Sidmouth - Street Life

Paignton - Brunel

Apologies for the quality of images, lighting not that good. If any clubs see their panel and wish for a better display please send Sheila Haycox an image. I have had one club send theirs.

Final results below:

The Best Print Panel award and Eric Lumb Trophy went to Zen Photo Group for 'On The Beach'.
The 2nd Panel place was won by Bideford Camera Club for 'Wheels of Life'.
The 3rd placed panel was 'Monochrome Man' by Newton Abbot Photographic Club.
Highly Commended panel was taken by Kinsgbridge & District Camera Club with 'Urban Lights'.

The Best Individual Print award and Plaque went to Pam Sherren (Zen PG).
The 2nd Individual Print went to John Perrian (Exmouth PG).
The 3rd Individual Print place was won by Jeannine King (Zen PG).
The Highly Commended Individual Print was taken by Gordon Aspland (Newton Abbot PC).

The points for the DPI sets were as follows:

Barnstaple Camera Club




Zen Photo Group




Bideford Camera Club




Tavistock Camera Club




Exeter Camera Club



London Camera Exchange Trophy

Sidmouth Photographic Club




Exmouth Photo Group




Proteus Photo Group




Ivybridge & District Camera Club




Plymouth Camera Club




Kingsbridge & District Camera Club




Paignton Photographic Club




Newton Abbot Photographic Club




Honiton Camera Club




Winning individual DPIs were:

The Best Individual DPI and Newton Abbot PC Trophy was awarded to Sheila Haycox (Exmouth PG) for 'Three in a Row'.
The 2nd placed individual DPI was taken by Mike Longhurst (Plymouth PC) with 'Fairfield Church'.
The 3rd individual DPI place was won by Peter Norwood (Plymouth PC) with Orangetip Pair.
Highly Commended was given to Marhan Ellis (Exeter CC) for 'Conception'.

Four other DPIs were awarded the top mark of ten points:

'Waiting for the Countryside' by Jeannine King (Zen PG).
'Dogs and Wellies' by David Snowden (Exeter CC).
'Violet Sabrewing' Hummingbird by Peter Paisley (Kingsbridge &DCC).
'St Andrew's Bay' by Chris Marsham (Newton Abbot PC)